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Acini de Pepe Salad

on August 9, 2016

Here we go again – another “salad” that is so good and so decadent, it’s ridiculous that it’s called a “salad”. It really should be considered a dessert. Well, at the very least a dessert salad. This one is kind of unusual. It uses a pasta that consists of tiny little balls that give it a great texture. I didn’t know that this kind of pasta existed until Grandma started making this in the ’80’s, which was, incidentally when she was in her 70’s. This photo of her is when she was a girl, and it made me laugh out loud! Just look at that solemn face!! You wouldn’t know that this girl loved to laugh, or that she had a sweet tooth. That’s why she would grow up to collect all of these amazing and delicious recipes! I’m sure the ultimate reason was that not only did she love sweets and good food, but she also wanted to make and share these things with her family.


I love her haircut and her beautiful big bow!!!

It’s not a big surprise, but this Acini de Pepe Salad is one of my family’s favorite! Ha! All of these recipes are family favorites!!! If you want to try something a bit unusual, but amazingly tasty, this is the “salad” for you! Believe me, it’s worth the splurge!

Acini de Pepe Salad

Acini de Pepe Salad 2

I’m so totally serious about this one – it’s amazing!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Acini de Pepe Salad


1 large can pineapple (chunks or tidbits)

2 cans mandarin oranges

Reserve juice.

Cook according to instructions on box:

1 pound Acini de Pepe pasta

Drain, rinse, and cool.

Combine in a saucepan:

1 cup sugar (she says that she used 3/4 cup and it was ok)

2 Tablespoons flour

1 3/4 juice from drained fruit

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 beaten egg yolks

Cook until thick.


Add dressing to the pasta.

Place in a covered bowl and refrigerate overnight or at least 12 hours.


drained fruit (we have also occasionally added some cut grapes)

1 pint of sweetened whipped cream (it’s not necessary to sweeten)

Mix in mini marshmallows if it’s too juicy.


This pasta/dressing thing seems a bit odd, but it’s so good!


Add the fruit and whipped cream – pure heaven! You can see the little balls of pasta here.


This seems like a lot of steps, but overall, it’s pretty easy and can be made ahead of time. All you have to do the day of is add the fruit and whipped cream. It’s easy. It’s decadent. It’s delicious. Give this one a try. It will be one of your family’s favorites, too!


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